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IBM INFORMATION WAREHOUSE FRAMEWORK EVOLVES

 IBM INFORMATION WAREHOUSE FRAMEWORK EVOLVES
 SAN FRANCISCO, March 23 /PRNewswire/ -- IBM (NYSE: IBM) today took


several steps in the evolution of the Information Warehouse (see note) framework by announcing the availability of new technology, new vendors that support key architectures within the framework, and new and enhanced applications from IBM that support the framework.
 "We are delivering on our commitment to enhance the Information Warehouse framework over time to provide customers with better access to their data, regardless of its format or location in the enterprise," said Beverly Brown, director of Enterprise Information Management, IBM United States.
 The Information Warehouse framework, introduced in September 1991, provides a set of products and facilities for accessing and managing diverse data on IBM and non-IBM systems in a common, easy-to-use manner. It is comprised of three major elements: Enterprise Data, the base of the framework, which consists of all the data in the enterprise; Data Delivery, which is the means by which the right business data is delivered to the end user; and Applications and Decision Support Systems, which help generate information to facilitate business decisions.
 DATABASE 2 (DB2) (see note) Version 2 Release 3, IBM's industry- leading relational database and part of the Enterprise Data element, is available to customers this week (March 27). DB2 2.3 supports remote unit of work (RUOW) access for relational data across IBM mainframe, midrange and personal computing operating systems as part of Distributed Relational Database Architecture (DRDA) (see note).
 DRDA, IBM's architecture for enabling customers to obtain and provide enterprise-wide relational data access across diverse locations and operating systems, is part of the Data Delivery element of the Information Warehouse framework. Twelve additional vendors today announced their support for DRDA.
 IBM also announced today a new version of its decision support product, Application System (AS). AS Version 3 provides customers with improved data access capabilities, including DRDA RUOW, in IBM mainframe environments. It also features enhanced client/server capabilities with the Personal Application System/2 decision support product, which runs in the Operating System/2 (see note) desktop environment. AS Version 3 will be available July 3 and will feature modular packaging, so customers can obtain subsets of the product function and add more modular function over time.
 In addition, IBM today announced that it has enhanced several other decision support products to access a wider range of data within the Information Warehouse framework.
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